Out of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study conducted in 1997 through Kaiser Permente Foundation in San Diego, CA emerged a surprising conclusion—60+% of participants had exposure to one or more of 10 adverse experiences before their 18th birthday. Between 2009 and the 2018 42 states have administered the ACE Screener to randomly chosen participants. In every case the data supports the conclusion that ACEs are common.
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Trauma exposure can change the chemistry, physicality and neurology of the brain impacting life and learning in many different ways. Specifically, when it comes to school, data has shown that students impacted by trauma:
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Are 2.5x more likely to fail a grade in school
Score lower on standardized achievement tests
Experience more struggles in receptive & expressive language
Are suspended & expelled more often
Are more frequently placed in special education